The Davis Center
Williams College seeks a creative, dynamic leader as the next Director of the Davis Center. Named for scholar-activists W. Allison Davis '24 and John A. Davis '33, the Center catalyzes broad campus engagement with complex issues of race, gender, culture, ethnicity, history and identity as they affect intellectual, creative, and social life. Collaborating with all sectors of the College community—students, staff, academic departments and programs, and alumni—and with off-campus partners, the Center initiates and supports a rich variety of programs that seek to foster dialogue about access, equity, and inclusion at Williams and elsewhere. Its work is central to the core academic and institutional values of the College. This position is a full-time, year-round appointment. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The Director of the Davis Center serves as a key administrator at the College and reports to the Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity. The Director oversees and guides the Davis Center mission: leading campus conversation on issues of diversity and equity; advising, supporting, and developing students from historically underrepresented and underserved groups; supporting affinity groups and their programming; and working with academic departments and programs to advance pedagogical and curricular initiatives that foster inclusion and effectively address issues of power and equity. To learn more about the Davis Center visit http://davis-center.williams.edu/.
The Director's responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Fostering educational opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage in discourse around issues of race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, nationality, religion and spirituality
- Supporting organizations and initiatives that reinforce the positive experience of historically underrepresented and underserved students
- Facilitating community building on and off campus through partnerships that provide opportunities for student development
- Engaging stakeholders across campus to ensure students have meaningful access to the college's existing resources, and thinking critically about additional resources that may be necessary;
- Promoting access to learning opportunities through collaborations with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the broader community
- Collaborating with faculty to foster innovative curriculum, inclusive pedagogy, and programming
- Fostering cross-cultural competencies and a positive campus climate
- Providing vision for the Davis Center on and off campus
- Developing and guiding Davis Center programs
- Mentoring and advocating for students throughout the college
- Cultivating strategic partnerships to leverage resources
- Leading, supervising, supporting, and developing Davis Center staff
- Overseeing office operations, including an annual budget
A Ph.D. or terminal degree in an appropriate field is preferred, though candidates with a master's degree will be competitive. Experience in student development, teaching, and/or research is preferred. The successful candidate will have a record of strategic planning; demonstrated commitment to building diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities; experience serving historically underrepresented or underserved students; excellent communication skills; and successful experience managing and developing a staff.
The review of resumes will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. For optimal consideration please submit materials by June 24, 2016. Job Group 1C.
Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant (education and past employment) and the completion of a criminal record check.
Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams College website (http://www.williams.edu).
Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.
To apply for this position, please visit employment.williams.edu/staff. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-4247 or email at email@example.com.